Sweet, juicy watermelon, flip flops, lawn chairs, and cold Diet Coke around a bonfire in the backyard. This is what summer is made of. Late nights with good friends and barefoot kids are some of my favorite times of the year. Summer is about bright, warm, and relaxed days followed by cool, easy, nights.
I try to bring that laid-back feeling inside to create summer décor that is effortless, cozy, and beautiful. Here are some of my favorite ideas I’m going to try and incorporate this year into my summer home tour.
I love this giant centerpiece. The wild style of the flowers just brings a pop of summer into this room. Of course, it would need to be moved before people actually sat down to eat, but it is beautiful as everyday décor in the dining room.
The mantel is always where I like to gather my favorite things of the season. What a great idea to create a large canvas print of past summers. This ocean photo is absolutely stunning. I love the simplicity of the mantel, the quasi-neutral colors and a pop of yellow.
The best way to bring in the light of summer is to use white. Lots of white. Bring in white furniture, use milk glass pitchers, swap out clear apothecary jars for white vases. Bright white screams summer, and a pop of color from a small pillow or cotton throw brings everything together.
Herbs in the kitchen are a great way to bring the greenery of summer inside. It’s also perfect for adding herbs to your summer barbeque favorites.
I love the idea of bringing in summer items to decorate with. This is an old water ski hung on the side of a lake house. The signage is a cool summer blue color, and even summer paintings on the wall give a nice accent.
For me, summer is about good reading. It’s when I finally have time to read while sitting poolside with my kids, or watching them play at the park. I love this idea of decorating with book pages easily found at a secondhand store.
Take the china out of the cabinet and use it to decorate your space. Delicate florals and soft colors against bright metallic are a beautiful way to celebrate the colors of summer.
Plaid is my favorite summer pattern. Something about the nostalgia of a picnic table brings this table to life with a sense of summer. You can add plaid to the kitchen, dining, coffee table, or end table for a classic summer look.
When in doubt, keep things simple. Summer is busy, it’s all about beach towels and pool bags and hats and sunscreen and bicycle helmets. Keep your most used spaces clear and ready to keep up with your crazy summer days.
I love the addition of tiny terra cotta plants in this simple entry table. They are easy, maintenance free, and give a beautiful summer accent. Meanwhile, the hooks and table provide function and accessibility on your way out the door.